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Sarah McElhaney, LMFT

Sarah McElhaney, M.S., LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Iowa. She provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families to address areas of anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism/Asperger's, social skills, stress, life transitions, divorce, parenting and relational issues, and couples issues. 


Sarah has a natural warmth and compassion to her style and feels privileged when clients entrust her to be a part of their growth and healing journey. Sarah’s practice is designed to be a supportive environment for clients to grow emotionally and personally within themselves, enhancing one's own internal strengths and resources while exploring alternatives, and improve the connections within their relationships. Working from an integrated approach, Sarah thoughtfully tailors methods to strive to best meet her clients’ unique needs and draws from multiple theories in order to do so, such as cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, family systems theories, play and expressive therapies, EMDR, emotionally focused therapy, and Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Because of Sarah's systemic philosophy, she also works to collaborate with schools or other professionals clients may be receiving services from to facilitate a positive treatment outcome.


Sarah has special interest and training in working with couples, adolescents, and children and adolescents with social skill difficulties and their families.

Sarah earned a Master of Science in Human Development (2010) from Virginia Tech's fully accredited Marriage & Family Therapy Program and obtained licensure in marriage & family therapy 2013. Originally an Iowan, she completed her undergraduate degrees at the University of Northern Iowa and moved back to Iowa in 2013 where she worked in local Des Moines area non-profit settings, most recently Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, before launching Willow Grove Therapy Group in 2018.


Outside of work, Sarah enjoys time with her family the most, being a spouse and parent of two children keeps her busy and filled with joy. She also enjoys spending time with friends, the outdoors, traveling, and creative outlets.

To contact Sarah, please reach out to our admin, Janet, at (515) 984-0225

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